After popping up last week on an internal test page, the Lumia Icon made an abrupt reappearance on Verizon’s official site on Tuesday. The page was promptly taken down, but Gigaom managed to snag a few screenshots before it went offline. The listing was nearly identical to the one on the test page from last week, featuring the same photos of the device and the same $777 placeholder price tag with or without a contract. Unlike the previous listing, this time Verizon included a full spec sheet for the Lumia Icon. More →
Nokia’s “Normandy” Android handset has become something of a curiosity for many smartphone fans who see it as a “what-could-have-been” for Nokia if it had decided to not go exclusively with Windows Phone. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, however, thinks that Nokia’s Android phone is more than just a novelty, however — it might be a hint of what’s to come from future Microsoft phones now that it’s on the cusp of buying Nokia’s handset division. More →
The topic of “best camera phone in the world” is debated often, but it really shouldn’t be — that title goes to the Nokia Lumia 1020, with its 41-megapixel camera. According to one expert, the Lumia 1020 is the closest thing smartphones have to a modern DSLR, having recently crushed the iPhone 5s in a head-to-head showdown. Well guess what, Nokia fans: As good as it was, the Lumia 1020′s camera just got even better. More →
If you subscribe to the school of thought that dictates “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Finland is almost certainly burning right now. Following the revelation that Nokia likely used a cunning secret weapon in its fight to convince Microsoft to cough up $5 billion for its devices and services business and another $2.2 billion for patent licensing, we have seen the company’s tiny Android phone pop up a number of times. A leaked photo of an engineering prototype surfaced recently, and we saw on Tuesday that the device had an interface that mimics the look of Windows Phone on Android using a series of custom widgets. Now, a photo of what appears to be final hardware has been leaked on Twitter by ViziLeaks. No other details were provided, but some insist that the so-called “Normandy” is still slated for release despite the imminent Microsoft deal.
Do you love the look of Windows Phone but find yourself balking because there still aren’t anywhere near as many available apps as there are on iOS and Android? Nokia might have just what you’ve been waiting for. The company has launched a number of new smartphones since the deal that will eventually see Microsoft take ownership of its devices and services business was announced, but its most important device launch could be still to come. We’ve seen images of Nokia’s $7.2 billion Android phone leak several times but a new photo published on Monday evening by @evleaks seemingly reveals the device’s home screen for the first time. And that home screen, from the look of things, will bring Windows Phone’s tile-based “Metro UI” over to Android as a series of custom widgets. No other details were made available with the leaked image but some still believe the Normandy will launch sometime this year.
Reports have suggested that Nokia and Microsoft had been in talks for years before the Redmond, Washington-based company finally agreed to absorb Nokia’s phone business. The straw that broke the camel’s back, according to chatter in Finland, was a tiny entry-level phone code-named Normandy. This handset was special for one reason and one reason alone: it ran Android. First leaked to the public last year, Nokia apparently used the Normandy to force Microsoft’s hand, ultimately leading to the $7.2 billion deal announced last year, $5 billion of which covers Nokia’s devices and services business. While we have seen marketing renders of the phone leak a number of times, a photo of the Normandy has now seemingly leaked for the first time ever. More →
Nokia may have agreed last year to sell its devices and services business to Microsoft, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the vendor from building and launching a wide range of new devices while it waits for the deal to be finalized. According to a new leak, the company’s next launch will be a sleek new smartphone coming to Verizon Wireless in the near future. Engadget on Wednesday evening discovered a Verizon test site page that was home to the all new Nokia Lumia Icon, a Windows Phone 8 handset with what appears to be a fairly large HD display. Stated specs include a 20-megapixel camera and a 2,420 mAh battery with support for wireless charging, but the rest is a mystery — at least for the next few days until Verizon announces the phone. The test page on Verizon’s site has been taken down.
Although it’s questionable whether switching to Android really would have left Nokia better off than it was with Windows Phone, it’s certainly been fun to speculate on just what a Nokia-designed Android phone would look like. Now @evleaks has posted some pictures showing us Nokia’s own unique brand of Android and we can definitely see some design influences that carry over from Windows Phone. In particular, note the call screen in the middle picture that uses the same type of brightly colored tiles that distinguish the Windows Phone 8 UI design. Also, given that one of the pictures shows Skype seemingly preloaded onto Nokia’s version of Android, it seems that the company didn’t want to stray too far from Microsoft by making a more Google-centric device.
Apple’s iPhone 5s can certainly hold its own against most of the competition out there when it comes to camera quality, but Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020 is the undisputed king of camera phones. We couldn’t believe how impressive the 1020′s camera was when we reviewed the handset last summer, especially in low light. It has now been nearly six months since we first tested the phone and there still isn’t anything else on the market that even approaches the Lumia 1020. One expert recently decided to pit the 1020 and Apple’s iPhone 5s against several DSLR cameras to see how far mobile cameras have come. In doing so, he also obviously compared the two devices themselves. More →
One day we will tell our grandchildren how the phone market was revolutionized by Samsung’s Galaxy Note, which debuted in October 2011. Its 5.3-inch screen size shocked and titillated handset experts, dividing them deeply over the sales prospects of such a monstrosity. In a couple of quarters it became evident that consumers had been harboring a secret hunger for jumbo displays because the Note turned into a massive global blockbuster. More →
An image purportedly showing the Nokia Normandy Android prototype has been published online on Chinese social network Weibo (via WPCentral), with user WPDang saying that the rumored Android phone does not have Nokia branding on the front and back, as a previous image leak from @evleaks suggested. The Nokia Normandy is supposed to be the first Android handset from the company, although the Finnish smartphone maker is said to fork Android in a similar manner as Amazon does with its Kindle Fire OS. However, the interface of the device is blurred in the image below. More →
A German patent ruling put a final negative note on HTC’s incredibly bad year and could have wide-reaching consequences for all of Android. As FOSS Patents reports, the Munich Regional Court issued an injunction against HTC devices for allegedly violating a Nokia patent that describes a “method for transferring resource information” between devices with NFC or Bluetooth. HTC can appeal the ruling but until it does so, Nokia can begin enforcing the injunction. Right now, that means HTC must post a €400 million (USD$550 million) bond. Eventually, this could mean a sales ban of infringing devices in Germany until HTC pays Nokia the proper licensing fees. More →
Outside of the Apple ecosystem, affordability reigns supreme. According to the latest data from AdDuplex, the budget-priced Lumia 520 has now taken more than 30% of the Windows Phone market share, and when combined with the Lumia 521, the two phones make up more than one-third of all Windows Phone sales worldwide. And if you narrow the results to just Windows Phone 8 devices, then the Lumia 520 and 521 account for more than 40% of all devices sold. The Lumia 520 has been the undisputed leader of the Windows Phone market for quite some time, and to further cement itself in that position, the phone has captured an additional 4% of the market over the past month. More →